As new condition and unplayed, with plastic still on the pickguard and pickups. With so many Beatle fans in the world, many of whom couldn’t afford a $2400 500/1 reissue, and since a lot of instruments are bought purely as memorabilia, it only made sense for someone to produce a model that’s quite playable, but manufactured in China for a fraction of the cost of German labor. The Hofner HI Bass has the look that made this the most iconic bass in the history of rock and roll: dual staple pickups pearloid pickguard and control plate, rosewood bridge with steel saddle plates, 5-bar trapeze tailpiece, violin-shaped arched-top and back body, spruce laminated top with flamed maple laminated back and sides, and white body binding. If you’re a Beatles or McCartney fan, this is a lefty, and the one you want. If you’re a player, this is a real blast to play. With a very small body, and super lightweight hollowbody design, you barely know there’s a bass strapped around your neck. It also has a tone that sounds very close to the old Beatle recordings. Again, this bass is unplayed except for my tech who did a very nice set up on it and at $349, you can’t go wrong, especially considering that includes a nice hardshell case and pro setup.